A former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mike Ejiofor, has slammed the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd.), for asking Nigerians to defend themselves against criminals.
Recall that Magashi while speaking on the recent abduction of students in Niger State, said every Nigerian have a responsibility to ensure there is the security of lives and properties in their community.
He said, “Well, is it not the responsibility of the military alone? It is the responsibility of everybody to be alert and ensure safety when necessary.”
“We shouldn’t be cowards. Sometimes the bandits come with about three rounds of ammunition and when they fire shots everybody will run. In our younger days, we stand to fight any form of aggression.”
“Why should people run away from minor, minor aggressions? We should stand and face them. If these people know that the people have the competence and capability to defend themselves, they will run away.”
But reacting while featuring on PUNCH Live programme, Ejiofor said the Minister is calling for “pure anarchy”.
According to the former DSS Director, Nigerians have already surrendered their rights to defend themselves to the government and the government has the constitutional responsibility to ensure the security of lives and properties.
He said, “I want to believe that the minister of defence didn’t mean what he said. Perhaps, it was a slip of (the) tongue because what he is calling for is pure anarchy.
“Government’s responsibility is to protect lives and properties. It is a social contract that we have now surrendered our rights to government to protect. Somebody saying people should start defending themselves is an admission of complete failure of government. Such statement should be coming from non-society organisations and definitely not government functionaries.”